Virginia’s coast saw two to five times more nuisance floods in 2019 than the national average

Virginia Mercury discusses how the Virginia’s coast saw two to five times more nuisance floods in 2019 than the national average.

With sea level rise continuing to accelerate along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, Virginia coastal communities in 2019 saw two to five times more nuisance flooding than the national average, a federal report released this week shows.

“Evidence of a rapid increase in sea level rise-related flooding started to emerge about two decades ago, and it is now very clear,” the report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says. “This type of coastal flooding will continue to grow in extent, frequency and depth as sea levels continue to rise over the coming years and decades.”

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